How to Make a Holiday Star Sun Catcher
Jennifer Ormiston shares her glass-etching process for her star sun catcher.
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Materials and Tools:
clear window glass
20-gauge copper wire
colored beads, butterfly bead
glass etching cream
contact paper - adhesive-backed paper
stickers of various shapes (circles, stars, hole reinforcements)
glass grinder, glasscutter and breaking pliers
hand-held rotary tool with pointed grinding bit
fine-tip permanent marker
craft knife and scissors
old stiff bristle oil or acrylic paintbrush
rubber-grip garden gloves
narrow-nose pliers with wire cutter
sink with water
safety glasses, leather or suede safety gloves, earplugs, long-sleeved shirt
1. Mark four 4-1/2-inch strips on a pane of glass with a ruler and marker.
- Wearing safety glasses, score the glass with a glasscutter along the marks.
- Hold the ruler in place where the line is to be cut.
- Pull the glasscutter across the glass, keeping it against the ruler to score a straight line.
- Break the glass along the scored lines with breaking pliers.
2. Cover one side of the first strip with contact paper. Cut wavy lines in the contact paper about 1/4-inch apart with a craft knife. Peel off every other strip of contact paper.
4. Cover one side of the third strip with a pattern of circle and hole reinforcement stickers. The fourth strip remains clear for the sun catcher design.
5. Apply a coat of the etching cream on the three patterned strips with an old paintbrush (wear safety glasses and rubber gloves for the etching process). Leave the cream on for 2-5 minutes and then rinse it off with water at the sink.
7. Draw designs on the backs of the patterned glass strips with a rotary tool fitted with a small pointed tip. Wear safety glasses while working with the rotary tool.
8. Mark off 1-1/2-inch increments on both of the long sides of each strip with a ruler.
9. Hold the glasscutter in the top left corner and pull it down to the first mark on the bottom edge, making the hypotenuse of the 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" right triangle.
- Make a cut straight down from the first mark on to the first mark on the bottom.
- Then make a cut from first mark on the top to the second mark on the bottom.
- Continue all the way down the strip so you have the strip divided into right triangles.
- Score all the strips.
10. After all the strips are scored; separate the triangles with breaking pliers. These will form the star points.
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